Robert was born in Liberal, Mo., but grew up in Belton, Mo., and graduated from Belton High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1967 during the Berlin Airlift, and both the Korean and Vietnam conflict's. He was a member of the Pine Street Baptist Church in Nevada.
Survivors include eight children, Ramona Thornton, Thayer, Kan., Marilyn Bone, Moran, Kan., Deborah Ungles, Cherryvale, Kan., Patty Jones, Pekin, Ill., Robert Ray Boyer, Tampa, Fla., Roberta Stone, Nevada, Teresa Hallam, Nevada, and Sabrina Mycroft, Joplin, Mo.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; four sisters, Elna Yount, of Nebraska, Lavina Young, Iris Scritchfield, and Ethel Terryman, all of Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents; spouse; and one grandson, John Robert Thornton.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Chad Bailey officiating. Interment will follow, with military honors, at National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kan.
Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, and the family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday between 10 and 11 a.m., prior to the funeral service.
Contributions can be made, in his memory, to the Central Christian Center in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada.
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